Emirates builds unmatched network serving over 800 cities

An Emirates Airbus A380 flies above cloud.
Photo Credit: Emirates

Approximately 50,000 passengers per week connect to the destination of their liking through Emirates or its partners. Since its establishment in 1985, the airline’s partners have grown to more than 157 across the globe.

This arrangement allows customers to travel to over 800 cities across the globe and allowed the airline to venture into new markets, developing new traffic flows. 

Emirates Strategy 


Not only is the airline located in one of the most strategic geographic places in the world, the airline’s decisive and smart business strategy has allowed it to grow organically with 100 plus Airbus A380 fleet.

Its strategy lies in enabling strategic partnerships such as interline agreements and codeshares, which inevitably grow its network, footprint, and customer base.

The Emirati-based airline continues to reach far beyond its network, in other words venturing into destinations they do not physically fly to, by having fully-incorporated interline partnerships and codeshare agreements.

This is a win-win situation for both Emirates and the respective airline Emirates has undergone an agreement with. In addition, this strategy works in Emirates’s favor, allowing the airline to expand its presence and customer base without flying to the respective destination, which requires lots of costs. 

Exponential Growth 


After the signing of its first interline agreement, the airline’s global partner network expanded impressively. As of now, the airline has 29 codeshare, 117 interline, and 11 inter transport rail partners across the transport system. 

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “We have a long-standing history of partnerships that have reshaped the way people travel around the world.”

“It’s a reflection of our commitment to providing our customers greater flexibility and confidence when planning their travel itineraries by leveraging the strength of our partners’ complementary route networks.”

“It’s also helped to enhance Dubai’s connectivity to the world, providing direct and indirect links to over 800 cities, generating more tourism to our hub, and boosting business and trade opportunities.”

“These partnerships have also supported inbound tourism to over 100 countries by opening up connection opportunities and smoother journeys via the exclusively served points of our partners.”

“As we enter the next phase of growth for Emirates, codeshare and interline partnerships will be a critical component of our future success and a core part of our commercial strategy, and we’re working hard to develop them even further to offer a huge choice of onwards destinations for our customers.” 

In 2022 alone, the Emirati carrier inked codeshare and interline agreements with 11 airlines. This includes cornerstone contracts with United Airlines and Air Canada, which cover the connectivity to up to 570 points in the Americas.

The airline also has formal agreements with Airlink, Aegean Airlines, Air Tanzania, ITA Airways, Bamboo Airways, Batik Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and SKY Express, further expanding the customer’s network choices it offers to customers.

The airline also recently announced an interline agreement with Kenya Airways.

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